Andy Murray set to face Dan Evans as the Battle of the Brits returns
Tennis fans starved of action over the last month are in for a treat on Sunday, as former world No.1 Andy Murray has been drawn to play against British No.1 Dan Evans in the latest Battle of the Brits event in London.
Lawn Tennis Association chiefs were keen to provide British players with some competitive action after it was confirmed the Australian Open has been delayed until February 8th, with Jamie Murray involved in the organisation of the event once again.
Grand Slam doubles champion Jamie is involved in the organisation of the event with the LTA and will be able to watch the action via live streaming, with the four-day competition played over a 30-match league format, with each player in action at least once across the four days.
“All the players were keen to get the chance to test themselves before the season begins,” stated Murray.
“It is been such an unusual year, with so many disruptions that any competitive tennis people can get is welcome. Even in pre-season nobody likes to lose to their friends, so we’re expecting some tight matches.”
The tournament scoring system will be best of three sets, with Match Tiebreaks for deciding sets.
The points system will see three points awarded to players who record a win over any player ranked inside the world’s Top 250, two points for a win over a player ranked between 251-600 and one point for winning a set while losing a match. The men’s and women’s players with the most points at the end of the final day will be crowned league champions.
Andy Murray’s match with Evans is certain to draw huge attention on day one of the four-day competition after the duo played out a thrilling match in the Battle of the Brits event back in June, where Evans recorded a heroic comeback to win 1-6, 6-3, 10-8, before going on to win the title.
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Day Two will see rising star Jodie Burrage go head-to-head with Heather Watson for what will be an eagerly anticipated clash in the women’s league, while Naomi Broady will also be in action.
Tuesday throws up a number of intriguing match-ups, including Cameron Norrie vs Andy Murray and also Watson going up against her Billie Jean King Cup teammate, Emma Raducanu. Eyes will also be on Jay Clarke’s match with 2018 junior Wimbledon runner-up Jack Draper.
On Wednesday Raducanu will return to face Burrage in a rematch of their Battle of the Brits Team Tennis epic, while Evans and Norrie will play against each other for the third domestic event in a row.
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